At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), we believe state-of-the-art care includes support for the healing of our patients in body, mind and spirit.
- About integrative medicine
- What to expect
- Meet our team
- How to make an appointment
- Insurance reimbursement and coverage
- Patient and caregiver resources
About integrative medicine
Integrative oncology is an evidence-based field of cancer care that utilizes mind body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions alongside conventional cancer treatments. Our integrative medicine providers have expertise in mind-body medicine, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Our providers collaborate closely with SCCA providers from all Supportive Care disciplines, including medical nutrition, physical therapy, psychology/psychiatry, social work and spiritual health, to improve quality of life during all stages of cancer care and survivorship. Our providers can refer to all of these disciplines at SCCA as needed for optimal support for the individual patient.
What to expect
During your first appointment, your Integrative Medicine provider will take a thorough history about your health and lifestyle. Together, you will discuss your health and wellness goals and work with you to design an individualized plan to help you achieve them.
- Initial consultations are typically 60 minutes and follow-up visits are typically 30 minutes.
- Dietary supplement consultations typically require 2 visits.
- To learn a mind-body medicine technique, 1 to 4 visits are typically needed. Sessions can be audio recorded for home practice.
- Acupuncture is an evidence-based integrative medicine modality that can help improve well-being and reduce many side effects associated with conventional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
- Initial acupuncture treatment lasts 60 minutes with follow-up treatments taking approximately 45 minutes.
- A typical course of acupuncture includes weekly treatments for 8 to 10 weeks.
Meet our team
SCCA Integrative Medicine services are currently available to all hematology oncology patients receiving care at the South Lake Union clinic. Integrative medicine therapies and practices can be empowering therapeutic tools to help relieve cancer and treatment-related side effects as well as improve overall wellness and quality of life at any point following a cancer diagnosis.
- Kathleen Sanders, ARNP-BC, MSN, MPH
- Advanced Practice Provider, Integrative Medicine, SCCA
- Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD
- Naturopathic Physician
- Medical Director, Integrative Medicine, SCCA
- Jonathan Siman, DACM, MS, LAc
- Lead Acupuncturist, Integrative Medicine, SCCA
How to make an appointment
Let your care team know you are interested in seeing an SCCA Integrative Medicine provider or you may self-refer by calling (206) 606-5500 or emailing integrativemedTC@seattlecca.org. The scheduling team will provide instructions on your appointment location and how to check-in.
Insurance reimbursement and coverage
Our Integrative Medicine team works in collaboration with the SCCA Patient Financial Services team to help you determine and understand your benefits. The amount of benefits or coverage for services provided by integrative medicine providers depends upon your medical insurance company and your specific plan. If you have specific questions about your benefits, please contact our Integrative Medicine scheduling staff at (206) 606-5500 or SCCA Patient Financial Services at (206) 606-6226.
Patient and caregiver resources
Classes for patients and caregivers at SCCA
Integrative Medicine 101
Begins February 2019 with Kathleen Sanders, ARNP-BC, MSN, MPH
- When: Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 9 - 9:45 am
- Location: Patient and Family Resource Center, 3rd floor, SCCA South Lake Union clinic
- Registration not required
This class provides a basic introduction to Integrative Medicine offerings at SCCA. The class is open to SCCA patients and their caregivers. Questions are encouraged. Registration is not required but space is limited.
Therapeutic yoga for cancer patients, caregivers and survivors
- Mondays from 3:30 - 4:45 pm in conference room G6055, 6th floor, SCCA South Lake Union clinic
- Thursdays from 12:30 - 1:45 pm in conference room G3100, 3rd floor, SCCA South Lake Union clinic
- Please join anytime as these are drop-in classes
- Registration not required
This therapeutic yoga class is taught by Mem Rippey and provided free of charge by SCCA. Mem uses gentle and mindful movement, breathing, sound and meditation to support students in nourishing and replenishing their mind and body. Relaxation and stress reduction techniques are taught and practiced. There are no physical limitations to attending and all are welcome. Mats are provided.
Below are community resources for cancer patients and caregivers:
- Cancer Pathways
- Cancer Lifeline
- Orion Center for Integrative Medicine
- Harmony Hill
- Team Survivor Northwest
We recommend these websites as resources to learn more about integrative oncology:
- National Cancer Institute PDQ (Physician Data Query) Cancer Information Summaries: Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies
- Society for Integrative Oncology
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
- Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Use of Integrative Therapies During Breast Cancer Treatment, published by the Society for Integrative Oncology and Endorsed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology